It was an up-and-down week last week for former WWE Superstar CM Punk, after feeling great relief when the trial in the lawsuit by WWE Doctor Chris Amann against Punk and Colt Cabana ended with neither man having to pay any damages. Then Saturday night, Punk stepped back into the octagon on pay-per-view for his second career bout at UFC 225 in his hometown of Chicago to face Mike Jackson.
The opening fight of the main card saw Punk manage to last the full three rounds, however he took a beating throughout and lost by unanimous decision to bring his career record to 0-2. Despite taking the loss, a new report has revealed that Punk is still coming out on the winning end of the purse and it’s not even close.
The Sports Daily has a report with the estimated earnings for all the UFC 225 competitors, based off of past pay-outs. It’s being estimated that Punk will bring home $500,000 for showing and a $3,500 fight week incentive. Meanwhile, estimates for his opponent, the winner of the fight Mike Jackson, are at $23,500-$10,000 for showing and a $3,500 fight week incentive.
EA’s Take: I have to start off by saying, I’m done with CM Punk as a wrestling fan, so I have no reason to support him here. However, I will say the truth and the fact of the matter is this; he’s still a draw, even in the UFC world. There was still a ton of interest in what he’d do in his second fight, which is why he deserves to get paid more. That’s exactly why people like Brock Lesnar or Ronda Rousey deserve to get paid more in WWE. They draw, bottom line. Mike Jackson should be thanking CM Punk for allowing him to be the next guy beating his brains out and get his 15 minutes of fame.
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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/14/19)
Start your Thursday off with comments on news regarding Ronda Rousey, Total Divas, NXT Takeover WrestleMania, and more!
Jason shuffles in to your Thursday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Ronda Rousey, Total Divas, NXT Takeover WrestleMania, and more!
Chris Jericho On AEW Talent
Chris Jericho recently did an interview with Forbes discussing various elements of All Elite Wrestling. (Read the interview HERE). One of the excerpts of the interview was in regards to homegrown talent in AEW. Jericho said:
“I think we’ve assembled a great roster already of fresh talent,” Jericho said. “We have the seasoned veterans and really untapped rookies, with great people on every level. We have six-to-eight blue-chippers. That’s all you need to do a wrestling company. I think we have enough talent for the first year already.”
“I think what AEW has done is shaken up the big companies, and when I say that I mean WWE and New Japan, to where they’re signing everybody, and signing them to longer deals and more money. And I say to all of them, you’re welcome.”
“We have to work and build the roster that we already have, knowing that we’ll get more, but for right now, we have to assume this is our roster for next year. Let’s build some guys and create some of our own stars, which is mandatory for any wrestling company to survive.”
Ronda Rousey Joining Total Divas ?
Over the past few days, we have found out that Lana will be removed from the upcoming season of Total Divas while Sonya Deville will be added to the show. Now word is coming out that Ronda Rousey may be added to season nine. Crew members have reportedly been filming Rousey the past few weeks on her Browsey Acres farm.
Plans For The Women’s Tag Division Revealed?
WrestleVotes, one of the wrestling Twitter accounts that has a track record in breaking wrestling news, has sources that have revealed some potential information regarding the women’s tag division in a tweet earlier today:
Source: the Women’s division roster is slowly going to be crossing over more between both shows.
The plan is to have the Women’s Tag Team Champions appear on both brands initially, however, not on a weekly basis.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) February 13, 2019
NXT Takeover: Blacklist?
According the ticket website for the WWE, the NXT Takeover event that will be taking place during WrestleMania weekend will be titled NXT Takeover:Blacklist. (You can view the ticket page HERE)
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
With one set of tag team titles and lack of depth, it was a given that the women’s tag team division would cross over between brands. If handled right, I think the women’s tag team division will do well and could be a draw for WWE. While we are a ways off from an all women’s weekly show in WWE, the tag team division is the next logical step in that direction. It would be nice to see the NXT women’s division involved in the tag team division as well. Isn’t it interesting though? WWE, a company who has really done nothing with tag team wrestling the last 5 to 10 years trying to revolutionize women’s tag team wrestling in America. #savetagteamwrestling (Speaking of which, pick up a Save Tag Team Wrestling t-shirt from the Chairshot Pro Wrestling Tees store HERE Yeah, I know, cheap plug)
Can AEW run for a year on 6 to 8 names like Jeircho says it can? Is WWE and New Japan really trying to sign all the talent available? Or is Jericho just good at stirring the pot ? Let’s say it’s a combination of all of the above.
TV Network To Air AEW Weekly TV Revealed ?
Has AEW leaked out the identity of the network that will be airing AEW weekly TV?
Today, tickets for All Elite Wrestling Double Or Nothing went on sale, and if you were lucky enough to either have a pre-sale code, or were able to purchase tickets, consider yourself lucky as tickets sold out in 4 minutes. AEW shared the news via their Twitter account.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) February 13, 2019
Pay close attention to the above tweet. Click on the picture in the tweet. Notice anything of interest? I’ll wait………If you missed it, the bottom of the picture contains the logo for the AXS television network. One can only speculate that AXS will be the networking that will air AEW this fall. It does makes sense on the one hand as the network does broadcast NJPW and WOW. However, it makes even less sense as the rumors that have been making the rounds from Dave Meltzer is the network deal AEW was looking at was a better network/deal than Spike TV had with TNA/IMPACT and was supposed to be the best non WWE TV deal since WCW was in existence in 2001. Chris Jericho has also claimed on his podcast that he would not have signed up with AEW if there wasn’t negotiations ongoing for AEW to air on a major network.
I can’t really say I classify AXS as a major television network. In fact, when I think of the top five networks that AEW would have signed on with based off rumor, I wouldn’t even have considered AXS.
However, one could also speculate that AXS will air highlights or a condensed package of material from the upcoming Double Or Nothing event, and the upcoming, unnamed Jacksonville, FL event.